from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, such as a kidnapper, who abducts.
  • n. Anatomy A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, away from the midline of the body or of an extremity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who abducts.
  • n. A muscle which serves to draw a part out, or form the median line of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which abducts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
  • n. a muscle that draws a body part away from the median line


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  • COLLINS: Audrey Seiler is back home with her family today, but a man she described as her abductor has not been found.

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  • And unlike the case with Polly Klaas and Jessica Lunsford, it ` s very rare -- it ` s less than one-half of 1 percent -- that the abductor is a stranger, if you will.

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  • He does, at least his description that's been put out there and that you had on earlier, seems to deviate from what the 9-year-old described as the abductor, but I don't think that that's not all that meaningful.

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  • 'Of the major three, you are firstly looking at the possibility that the abductor could be a woman who is grossly psychologically disturbed.

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  • It does, however, govern the marriage of an unbaptized abductor with a Catholic abducted woman, and vice versa.

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  • The mere word of the abducted woman, especially as against the oath of the so-called abductor and the absence of all rumour, does not establish the fact.

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  • From hour to hour yesterday I expected to hear that he had been found, and that his abductor was the murderer of John Straker.

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  • The muscles beneath the thumb are called the abductor pollicis brevis and the flexer pollicis brevis.

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  • Brennan said that he knew "from the beginning" that the abductor was the stepfather, and that authorities "held off a bit longer than we wanted to because we were trying to develop information on the vehicle."

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